Commercial Vehicle Innovation Challenge

Applications Now Closed

We are not currently accepting Expressions of Interest for CVIC. The next funding call is scheduled for 2025.

An information session was held virtually on May 16, 2023.  A recording of the information session is available below.

How to Apply

  1. Determine if you are eligible

Please carefully review the proponent and project Eligibility requirements on both the website and the RFEOI to see if your project is eligible.

  1. Download and complete the Expression of Interest template

Download and complete the applicant template below.

  1. Download and complete the budget template

Download and complete the budget template below by providing details on labour, material, and equipment that is required for the project development.

  1. Submit the Expression of Interest with supporting documents

Once your application is ready, please submit your Expression of Interest via email to before 4:00pm PST on June 1, 2023.

Not all projects will receive funding. Program funds will be allocated on a project-by-project basis based on alignment with the Evaluation Criteria.

  1. Wait for response from CVIC Management

After submitting your application, you will receive an e-mail from the CVIC Management team confirming receipt of your application. Successful applicants will receive an RFP after careful review of their EOI.

Submission REquirements

An application (in response to an RFEOI or RFP) must meet the following minimum criteria in order to be eligible for funding:

    • The application must be written in English;
    • The application must be complete and/or provide sufficient information for proper evaluation;
    • The application must be submitted by an eligible proponent;
    • The proposed project must support an eligible criteria;
    • The proposed project must complete no later than one (1) year after the Project Start Date for Phase 1, or no later than two (2) years after the Project Start Date for Phase 2;
    • The proposed project must not carry substantial risk of detrimental side effects (e.g. environmental impacts);
    • The proposed project must be at the required Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at the start of the project:
      • Phase 1: TRL of 4, 5 or 6.
      • Phase 2: TRL of 7, 8 or 9.
    • The proponent must commit to contributing at least 25% of the total project cost, and must provide evidence of funds and/or in-kind support for their share of project costs;
    • The proponent must demonstrate they have secured additional funding through other sources, with the total Government of British Columbia contribution not exceeding 50% of total project costs; and
    • All project costs must be incurred in Canada

Please Note: Applications submitted as part of a Consortium ae highly encouraged.


Applications will be evaluated based on alignment with the following evaluation criteria:

Outcome-Based Criteria:

    1. The project supports the commercialization, demonstration or export of a B.C.-based ZEV product or technology.
    2. Demonstrates innovation, creativity and/or pursuit of excellence in its field (i.e., what technology improvements will be realized by receiving funding).
    3. Promotes synergies/collaboration with other entities in B.C.’s ZEV sector (such as through a partnership or consortium bid) or otherwise encourages the development of a ZEV cluster in B.C.
    4. Provides positive economic benefits (e.g., job creation, export growth, manufacturing of ZEVs or ZEV components) both during project development and after completion.
    5. Has strong potential for reduction in GHG emissions throughout B.C., Canada and the rest of the world as a result of the adoption of the technology.
    6. Demonstrates strong commercialization and market adoption potential.

Administrative Criteria:

    1. Reasonable scope and timelines for project completion – Applications will be evaluated based on how well developed, achievable and impactful the scope of work and work plane are.
    2. Capabilities of management team – Applications will be evaluated based on how well-suited and committed the project team is to carry out the proposed initiative, including the management and technical capacity of the Proponent.
    3. Reasonable project expenses – Applications will be evaluated based on the reasonableness of proposed expenditures (i.e. they do not exceed fair market value of the goods and services being provided).

Commercial Vehicle Innovation Challenge

The Commercial Vehicle Innovation Challenge is one of a suite of programs offered under the Province of B.C.’s CleanBC Go Electric Program. The program is funded through the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation and is administered by MNP LLP.


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